UNI Falls to No. 7 Wichita State

From UNI Athletics Communications

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By Sam Louwagie

WICHITA, Kan. – The No. 7-ranked Wichita State Shockers scored a 67-53 victory over the University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team on Saturday at Koch Arena.

The Shockers moved to 15-0 on the season and 2-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play behind 22 points from point guard Fred VanVleet and 18 points from forward Cleanthony Early.

UNI fell to 7-7 overall and 1-1 in MVC action. The Panthers received a team-high scoring effort from junior point guard Deon Mitchell with 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor.

For the second straight game, UNI opened on a scoring run with a 12-2 advantage over Wichita State four minutes in. Wichita State clawed its way back in and cut the lead to 14-13 with 12:58 left on a pair of free throws from MVC Preseason Player of the Year Cleanthony Early.

UNI extended the lead back to 19-14 with 6:44 left in the first half on a 15-foot jumper from Deon Mitchell. The Shockers then closed the half on a 16-3 run to take a 30-22 lead into the locker rooms. UNI made three of its first four 3-pointers in the game, but missed its final nine 3-point attempts in the first half.

The Panthers pulled to within 43-39 with 12:18 left in the game on a pair of free throws from sophomore guard Wes Washpun. WSU responded with a 14-5 run to open up a 13-point lead at 57-44 with 6:28 left in the game. The Shockers extended the margin to 20 points at 67-47 with 1:54 left before the Panthers scored the game’s final six points.

UNI will travel to Evansville, Ind., on Wed., to battle the Evansville Aces. Tip is set for 7 p.m. at the Ford Center.
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